The Vesper Sparrow is uncommon in most of its range, and declining in the east. But a few usually show up at Sherwood Island during migration. Probably the best place to look for one is around the snow-fenced dune area running parallel to the beach at the west end of the park. Richard Soffer and I have seen them there two years running. Look for a sparrow with a bright, bold eye ring and white outer tail feathers, visible when the bird flies. Vespers feed on the ground, but often fly up to a fairly low perch like this snow fence when startled.
November 25, 2002